This Metallica x Mariah Carey Mash-Up Will Make Christmas A Little Less Painful

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Halloween is barely cold in its grave, and already stores are packed with red bows and animatronic Santas. And with these harbingers of jolliness comes every metalhead’s greatest fear: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” played over and over again, until one wonders if they’ve been taken to a North Pole detention center and are being tortured by Santa’s elves. Thankfully, one YouTuber has made Ms. Carey’s holiday staple slightly less painful — by mashing it up with a classic Metallica song.

As you’ll hear below, YouTuber William Maranci decided to crush together Mariah’s infamous track with “For Whom The Bell Tolls” off of Metallica’s Ride the Lightning. Besides the fact that the Mariah Carey song is loaded with bells, which give the track a sort of poetic credence, there’s also the way the vocal rhythms match up with the song that make the whole thing kind of awesome. The way the band’s guitar shredding is matched up with the bridge really brings it home.

Listen to the song you should request at every mall and Walmart below:

Get ready, friends: winter is coming.

Metallica will certainly be getting some good shit from Santa this year. The band have dedicated their quarantine to doing good by their fans, including releasing their recent S&M2 to the public via PBS.

S&M2, which was recorded with the San Francisco Symphony to mark the grand opening of the Chase Center in the band’s home city of San Francisco, is being aired on most local PBS stations across the country tonight for free. Make sure to check local listings to confirm the airing of the concert; in New York, for instance, it’ll be broadcast at 9 p.m. Eastern, Los Angeles is airing the concert at 10 p.m. Pacific, and San Diego won’t see the concert until Saturday.

“Ever think you’d see Metallica on PBS?” the band says via social media. “Well now’s your chance! Check your local listings for one more hit of the two incredible nights we had with the San Francisco Symphony.”

This is just part of a year’s worth of performances that Metallica have been sharing with fans since lockdown put live music on hold. During the year, the band released complete concerts from their archives for their “Metallica Mondays” series, as well as raising money for both Coronavirus relief and funds to aid wildfire relief in California. Metallica also recently released that they’ll be streaming their ‘Helping Hands Concert & Auction’ online on November 14 at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. The concert will benefit Metallica’s charity, the All Within My Hands Organization. Tickets go for $15 and are available via


Words by Chris Krovatin